Melba has also produced news features for various NPR programs including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Latino USA and APM’s Marketplace.
Besides her work at WBEZ, Melba was also an award-winning host at Wisconsin Public Radio in Madison, Wisconsin and worked for Michigan Radio as a Morning Edition host. Melba was recognized with a Lisagor award for her reporting on HIV and Youth and is part of the team at WBEZ which won the 2014 Murrow National Award for overall excellence, large market radio.
She is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
Stories by Melba Lara
When 6-year-old Mahbuba showed up at a Chicago Public School in 2021, she wasn’t able to communicate. But she’s since been able to discover language and connection.
Chris Kennedy wouldn’t compliment J.B. Pritzker on the debate stage — and he regrets it. We analyze that story and the week in politics.
Today the Obama Foundation submitted its formal plans to the city of Chicago for construction of the Obama Presidential Center
Better Government Association investigator Jared Rutecki spoke with WBEZ about how cops escape discipline for shootings in suburban Cook County.
After 30 years co-anchoring All Things Considered, Robert Seigel is about to step away from the microphone.
Chicago Public Schools is defending its overhaul of the system’s special education program. This comes after a WBEZ investigation found that Chicago scaled back special education services last year after secretly instituting new rules. Spending was also cut by about 1.5 percent.In addition, WBEZ found that CPS relied on auditors without expertise in special education to help orchestrate this work. Chicago schools CEO Forrest Claypool argues the new rules are meant to give every child with special needs the chance to succeed.Claypool joins All Things Considered host Melba Lara and discusses why his administration decided to make changes to special education in the first place.
Evanston Township High School Investigates Decades-Old Allegations Of Misconduct Against Former Advisor
Evanston Township High School confirmed Wednesday it is investigating misconduct allegations against a former advisor in its theater department.
A Cook County board committee voted overwhelmingly to repeal the so-called pop tax Tuesday afternoon.
Public schools throughout Illinois usually receive their first payment from the state on Aug. 10 — but not this year.
On Friday, Gov. Bruce Rauner addressed reporters for the first time since state lawmakers approved a budget over his veto. Rauner was north of Chicago in Gurnee, IlL. - where there’s been severe flooding, forcing some residents from their homes.WBEZ state politics reporter Tony Arnold tells us more about the appearance.